The City of Crochet

Crocheting...an escape from everyday life in Europe as I face the perils of yarn shopping in a foreign country and dealing with all of the crazy looks I get for crocheting & knitting on the public transportation system.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Farewell Grandmere

My wonderful and beautiful Grandmother passed on yesterday, February 21st during the wee hours of the morning. I spent her last day next to her bed holding her hand and telling her how much I loved her after I flew in late on Tuesday. I am so glad that I was able to fly over and be here with my family as being in Belgium would have torn me in two.

She fought long and hard her whole life, even up to the end she fought hard to stay and amazed Doctors by lasting 2 days more than they thought she could.

We have tons of good memories left of Grandma which will help us in the days, weeks, moths and years to come. I like to think that my Crafting abilities came from Grandma as she was always knitting or making things out of beads.

God Bless to Grandma, we love you!


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Grandma.....

Hi

Its been a rough past few days for me so I've not been doing much.

My Grandmother has been in and out of the nursing home into the hospital. They sent her from the hospital back to the nursing home on Friday night for the last time as there is nothing else that they can do for her as her internal organs are all shutting down and they give her only a few more days. It is the hardest thing to be so far from home and being able to be with my Mom and Grandfather. They are both hanging in there though and spending as much time as possible at the home with my Grandma.

I called earlier and was able to kinda talk to her since she is drifting in and out of consciousness. I sent her my love and my Mom says that she was trying to talk and working her throat but was not able to vocalize, but she understood that it was me and nodded when my Mom asked her if she wanted to tell me "hello and I love you"

Please send some thoughts and prayers her way as she faces these last days.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Cookies......

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Yum!! =) More playfood has been created....along with some real food this time!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Is it really over?

The weekend that is. Here it is Sunday night and the only thing that I accomplished all weekend was about 15 loads of laundry. Which I guess was productive, but I did nothing else that I had grand plans to do.

Well, okay, thats a lie. I did attempt to do some stash busting and make a scarf up with some yarn a co-worker gave me. Here is the ummm result:



I was making this pattern: The Last Hurrah Scarf and did something wrong on the first stitch of each row. After about 12 rows I pulled on the scarf to block it out and see how it was looking, and what you see in the pictures is the result!

I'll try it again probably since I really like the chunky scarf and the look of it, but not today. Way too depressing!

I hope that everyone had a good weekend and I wish everyone a wonderful week.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

You make my day.....

Its going to be one of those years. February is starting off worse than January - I worked until 12:30 last night and 10:30 tonight, but I was instantly revved up when I saw that the wonderful, kind, open-hearted, extremely talented Kathy sent a "You Make My Day" award......Kathy - you truely just made my day extra special!

So now to continue on the warm fuzzies....while I wish that I could choose all of the wonderful people who read & comment on my blog, I can not, so I will choose a few of you who help make my day when I read your comments......

First up goes to a wonderful fellow crocheter who makes the cutest little animals up for the children that she hopes will be coming her way one day soon. Anita, you have helped make the last few months a little bit brighter with your cheery creatures and your oh so cute stories to go along with them.

Next up is one of the most kind hearted people that I have ever met! This wonderful lady is a bright sunshine in the lives of all that she meets. I can say that I have had the wonderful pleasure of meeting her in person and going yarn shopping and out dancing together. She has now become a really good friend of my best friend as well. I am talking about none other than the lovely Vik

And a joint "You make my day" goes to Cordelia and Swapna who are two wonderful women that i have enjoyed getting to know over the past few years.

My thanks again go out to Kathy - you are wonderful!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Not going to make it....

Here it is 2:15 in the morning and half time of the Super Bowl is almost over, but I just can not stay awake any longer.

*sigh*

At least I can say that I saw some of the game this year.....and in English!! Last year it was in Italian, but the BBC is showing it in English so I can understand the commentary.

Have a good night!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Bad weather? Hit it all

Well, my trip home from Z├╝rich was a rather exciting drive. I ended up getting home at 12:30, 2 hours later than planned.

Reasons for the delay?

Well, first of all, you name some bad weather and I hit it all!

Rain - check
High Winds - check
Ice - check
Hail - check
Freezing Rain - check
Sleet - check
Light snow - check
Snow so hard you could not see very far in front of you - check

A second reason is that my GPS system sent me the wrong way not once but twice. Not sure what she was thinking.

And the last main reason, my low oil light came on causing an emergency pit stop to buy a jug to pour into the car.

I had to use the restroom during the pit stop but the gas station did not have one (huh?) and unlike the guys I saw going ,next to their cars I did not think that was an option for me so I was doing a little dance in my car the last 15 minutes of the drive. If I had hit any more slow downs it would have been a very bad thing.

I literally ran into the apartment. Used the restroom, took my contacts out and passed out on the bed. I think that the boy friend was a little bit upset that I did not even take the time to say "hello how was your week" before I was out cold. I vaguely remember grunting err murmuring a hello but that was all that I managed before succumbing to sleep.

So now here it is Sunday evening and I must say that I have not had time to do any crafting at all this weekend. Saturday was spent shopping, and then cleaning and cooking for a dinner party for some friends who live in the building. I just did some Mexican food up but it was well appreciated. The comments were "ooohhh I've eaten too much...well maybe just a little bit more." "I can not move" "Please tell me there is no desert"

Crafting updates will be coming soon.....